Saudi 'miniskirt girl' released by police

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The woman who sparked fury in Saudi Arabia for wearing a miniskirt has been released by police.

The woman appeared in a video which went viral on social media, and was arrested yesterday.

However she has now been released without punishment, according to a statement by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information.

The statement adds that the girl told officers the clip was published without her knowledge, and the case has now been closed.

In the video, the girl is seen walking around a historic monument in Ushaiager in the desert region of Najd, which is north of the kingdom's capital of Riyadh. 

Her attire violated Saudi Arabia's strict dress code, which demands that all women wear full-body robes, called abayas, when out in public.

The video prompted widespread anger prior to her arrest. However others insisted that women should be free to wear what they want, sharing pictures of Melania and Ivanka Trump, who were not required to wear a veil or an abaya when they visit Saudi Arabia recently.

Saudi Arabia is known for high levels of gender inequality, forbidding women from basic activities like driving or swimming in public pools open to men.